What are the effect of smoking in pregnancy?
Cigarette poisons reach your baby – They travel in the blood and cross the placenta.
Pregnancy may be cut short – Early labor means a premature baby who may struggle to survive.
Lungs and airways are damaged – Damage to organs means the body cannot work so well.
Damage is hard to see – It does not show on ultra-sound scans or with our eyes. It shows as higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS (cot death), pneumonia, asthma, glue ear, etc.
Blood flow is slowed – Nicotine squeezes the blood vessels so less blood gets through.
Food and oxygen are cut back – This stunts growth and stifles development.
What are the benefits when you quit smoking?
Safer start to life – Safety goes up as smoking comes down. The less both parents smoke the more they protect their baby.
Safer choices – Your baby is safer if parents are free from tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and other drugs.
Better breastfeeding – Smokefree breastmilk means faster let-down, better supply and better nutrition for babies.
Proud feelings – Proud feelings replace guilt as you enjoy more freedom in your life.
Dads share responsibility – Babies of smokefree fathers are a safer weight at birth and have less risk of SIDS (cot death)
More money – Money goes up as smoking comes down e.g. ten smokes less a day in pregnancy leaves more than $1,400 for other things.